As warm thunderstorms awaken the spirit of spring, it’s time to get dirty. In just 20 minutes you can have a mini herb garden to be proud of for the rest of the summer. Not only do culinary herbs pack a strong medicinal punch, having them within reach of the cutting board makes them the freshest thing on your plate.
Needless to say, starting seeds has to be one of the best kids’ activities ever, so get the whole family involved. Here's how.
Pick your container
Search the garage for old forgotten pots before running to the gardening store to buy new ones. If you don’t have any, get creative: yogurt containers, milk jugs and egg cartons can all be used to house your herbal wonderland. Just don’t forget to poke holes in the bottom so excess water can drain out.
Pick Your Seeds
What are your favorite culinary herbs? What do you cook with on a regular basis or what did your mother or grandmother always have around the kitchen? Here is your chance to enliven your kitchen with new smells and fresh ingredients. Below are my picks. Try to always buy organic seeds and high-quality potting soil if they are available.
Parsley is a highly nutritious culinary herb and a rich source of anti-oxidants. It also contains beneficial vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, vitamins A, B, C and folic acid. Its high chlorophyll content makes it an excellent blood purifier and builder. Its vitamin C content alone makes it a vitamin powerhouse. Nibbling on a sprig or two of parsley after a meal will help with digestion and bad breath.
Cilantro has a long history of use in cultures throughout the world including ancient Greece and Egypt. Whether you would like to sacrifice your cilantro to the gods or put it in your guacamole, it’s a great herb to have growing on your windowsill. Cilantro is rich in essential oils and helps to aid digestion. It’s also known for its detoxifying and cleansing qualities and is often used in the chelating of heavy metals and other toxic agents in the body including mercury.
Basil is one of my favorite culinary herbs! In many cultures, basil is considered an herb of protection and can help attract prosperity. I just love it for its rich flavor and intoxicating smell. I can never grow enough of it and always look forward to making fresh pesto as soon as it’s ready to harvest. Yum!
After your seeds are planted and nurtured to adulthood, replant them into larger containers or put them in the ground for the rest of the season.
Cheers to bringing fresh culinary herbs to your kitchen window!